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Constable Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets is one of the human member of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. He is an Omnian of a gentle but determined proselytising nature - a modern Omnian and therefore an evangelical preacher. He takes a dim view of other religions, calling any references to anything religious not related to Om as "misguided" and "false". Although his full name is Visit-The-Infidel-With-Explanatory-Pamphlets, which is reputedly much simpler to say in the Omnian language, he generally goes by 'Viist'. His full name describes his actions which annoy his neighbors and colleagues but wihich are infinitely preferable to the traditional `visit-the-infidel-with-swords-and thunderbolts' approach. He can clear a large crowd in seconds, just by talking to them about religion and threatening them with pamphlets (principally Unadorned Facts, Battle Cry and Battle Call - whose names bear a curious resemblance to the Roundworld publications Plain Truth and War Cry). He spends all his wages on these publications and has even his own printing press. In off-duty moments he goes door to door with his fellow Omnian, Smite-the-Unbeliever-With-Cunning-Arguments. Entire pubs have been known to draw the curtains, turn off the lights and lie on the floor whimpering at news of his coming down the street - those heavy drinkers too inebriated to move playing dead should he walk by the pub where they are drinking. Samuel Vimes says he is a good copper, his highest form of personal praise. His nickname among fellow coppers appears to be "Washpot". About Visit, Pratchett says, "There's one in every station, and Constable Visit was enough for two". During Fred Colon's short reign as the Captain of the Watch (in The Fifth Elephant), Visit retreated to the safety of the carrier-pigeon loft. He sang them hymns and handed out some pamphlets, which the pigeons used as nesting material.

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Visit has obvious parallels with many Roundworld religions and religious sects, from the Seventh Day Adventists, to the Mormons, to the Jehovah's Witnesses, who go from door to door ringing doorbells, leaving pamphlets and generally annoying people in a way which suggests the demon Anthony Crowley had a lot to do with getting their religions up and running. The most reliable source in these matters explains that even the Devil may quote scripture for his own purposes; using agents of religion to spread a patina of low-level annoyance and irritation across the greatest number of people must surely appeal to Crowley...

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